Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu, HI

55-370 Kamehameha HighwayLaie, Oahu, HI 96762
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Overview

Spanning over 42 acres, the Polynesian Cultural Center is home to living museum and theme park centered around Polynesian culture. The center features eight simulated tropical villages, IMAX® shows, canoe rides and parades, special events, daytime exhibits and the Hā–Breath of Life evening show. Guests can also experience the renowned Ali’i Luau, considered one of the best and most authentic luaus on Oahu.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Laie, Oahu Travel Experts
  • Located 75 minutes from Honolulu.
  • Complimentary Waikiki hotel shuttle service is available.
  • Various dinner, luau, and show packages available for purchase.
  • Bring a camera, comfortable shoes, and appropriate attire.
  • Mingle with natives from Pacific cultures in genuine village replicas.
  • Bring cash and shop at the Hukilau Marketplace and specialty shops for a perfect souvenir.

Description

from Polynesian Cultural Center
Choose from a variety of packages and get set to see why the Polynesian Cultural Center is Hawaii's #1 Paid Attraction. Explore and experience eight island villages and exhibits representing the Islands of Aotearoa New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Samoa, Marquesas, Rapa Nui, Tonga, and Tahiti.

Learn firsthand from the native peoples of each island with interactive demonstrations that teach you the games, fun, and friendship of Polynesia. Get a temporary tattoo, catch a fish or learn to dance one of the exciting hip shaking dances of Tahiti. See an active Polynesian voyaging canoe up close and learn how to make fire. Plus, enjoy the exciting Rainbows of Paradise canoe pageant showcasing the songs and dances of each island culture on the Center’s winding lagoon.

Give your feet a rest and take a relaxing tram tour through Laie town to see the surrounding community, then cap off your adventure in Hawaii’s only IMAX™ theater to learn about the importance of coral reefs with a Coral Reef Adventure.

Discover for yourself why the Polynesian Cultural Center's Alii Luau has justifiably inherited the deeper meanings of Hawaiian hospitality and joy inherent in this ancient feast, and add this unforgettable experience to your Hawaiian vacation.

Please note that due to the Polynesian Cultural Center being a family attraction which is closely associated to and predominantly an employer of college students, alcohol is not served or allowed to be consumed anywhere on the premises.

Ambassador Dinner-Show Admission after 5:00PM
Ali'i Luau Dinner-Show Admission after 5:00PM
Show Only Admission after 7:00PM; seating available only in the upper level of the Pacific Theater.

General Admission to the villages from 12:00PM - 5:00PM

There is no charge for children under age 5 unless they plan to occupy a reserved seat at the evening show.

Optional Pick-up Points in Waikiki
1st Pick up*, 2nd Pick up*
1. Ala Moana Hotel (wait on Mahukona Street) 10:00AM, 12:00PM
2. Ilikai Renaissance (on Hobron Lane) 10:00AM, 12:00PM
3. Hilton Hawaiian Village (Tapa Tower Bus Depot) 10:05AM, 12:05PM
4. Waikiki Gateway (Olohana Street side) 10:10AM, 12:10PM
5. Sheraton Waikiki (bus terminal) 10:15AM, 12:15PM
6. Waikiki Trade Center (Seaside Avenue curbside) 10:20AM, 12:20PM
7. Hyatt Regency Hotel (back entrance facing Koa Avenue) 10:25AM, 12:25PM
8. Waikiki Beach Marriott (bus area near corner of Paoakalani St.) 10:30AM, 12:30PM

Tripster Customer Reviews

3 Reviews
Michael Ricker
Omaha, NE
6 Reviews
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"Excellent - Glad we Went"
January 2019
Great way to understand the Polynesian culture. Dinner and luau were excellent. Ha Breath of Life performance was tremendous.

Spend the extra money to get the guided Ambassador tour.
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Claudia Cobos
CO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Excellent !!!!"
August 2018
It was a wonderfull day with my family, many activities, shows of island's culture, the dinnig was delicious and the show was wonderfull
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Tip: Great place, you must go !

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aureliano diaz
san diego, CA
1 Review
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"Two thumbs up"
April 2015
A one of a kind ofexperience
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talbothome17
"Amazing Culture and Luau"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 17, 2020 NEW
I wasn't sure what to expect from here, but you walk from "island to island" or from area to area learning about different polynesian cultures and hearings songs, watching dances, or participating in cultural activities. The food at the Luau dinner was spectacular and the dancing during dinner was so fun to watch. I have a lot of food allergies and was worried, but they had so many safe options! The night-time show "Ha Breath of Life" was spectacular!
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Scenic252024
"Polynesian Cultural"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 17, 2020 NEW
Good morning we travel during feb 2020 we took the super ambassador package our tour guide was Ambrosse he expand everything to us about the cultures, he took good care of us, he is super nice. we would go back and ask for him again Jo-anne & Gaetan Marleau
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Smiley4you
"Circle Island Ambassador Package"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed March 12, 2020 NEW
Our driver on the tour was not great. We drove around looking out the window while he told bad jokes. I was at the PCC 25 years ago and loved. it. This time it was a disappointment. Only had time to see 2 villages because all were closed while the canoe festival was running. We went 30-40 minutes early and there were no seats unless you purchased a more expensive package. We lost over an hour with nothing to do. The Luau food was good but didn't feel any different than dinner and show anywhere. The show "Ha" was excellent and the only thing worthwhile at the Center.
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J0eyT
Tulsa, Oklahoma
"Must see Breath of Life!! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 09, 2020 NEW
"Our time at the PCC what is the best part of our entire trip to O’ahu. Not only was everyone we encountered friendly and engaging, but the Luau was extremely well organized and offered a wide variety of very good food. Additionally, the evening show, Breath of lLife was probably the most spectacular show we have seen. It was absolutely mesmerizing. With the amount of energy and effort put forth, we can’t believe they do that daily. Pure artists and exceptional performers. Beautiful culture. Thank you for the experience. "
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Sylvia B
"Take Your Time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 09, 2020 NEW
Everyone was so warm and welcoming from start to finish. We arrived later than expected so were only able to visit five of the seven villages. The water parade was stunning due to all of the islands represented. The Ha Breath of Life show told a beautiful story of the circle of life. The fire part of the show was hilarious. The luau was my least favorite just because it felt rushed (one hour). In that time you wait for your table to be called to get your dinner all while the show is being performed. The way the tables were set up, I couldn't see the show anyway. There's so much to see. I wish I knew our tickets were good for three days. We went on the last day of our trip. We would have definitely gone back.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Polynesian Cultural Center

Where is the Polynesian Cultural Center located?
They are located in the small town of Laie, located on the northeast end of Oahu. Allow yourself approximately a 75-minute drive from Honolulu.

How much is parking?
Parking is FREE.

Can I bring my camera?
Guests are welcome to take as many personal pictures or video recordings at the Center as they wish, but no flash photography or video is allowed during the evening show, Ha: Breath of Life, as the light is blinding to the performers on stage and other guests in the darkened theater.

Do you offer wheelchair, stroller or locker rentals?
The Polynesian Cultural Center provides guests a limited number of wheelchairs and strollers available with advanced reservations by calling them directly. There is a $20 deposit fee, $15 of which will be refunded when the wheelchair or stroller is returned. A limited number of day lockers are available near the front entrance on a first-come basis for a small rental fee.

Is the Polynesian Cultural Center wheelchair accessible?
All major areas of the Polynesian Cultural Center - including the Laie Temple Visitors Center tours are accessible to those in wheelchairs. Guests using wheelchairs at our lu'au or Ha: Breath of Life evening show will either be invited to transfer to a seat if they choose to do so, or will be invited to sit in any of our wheelchair section.

When are the times for each activity?
The Polynesian Cultural Center is open Monday through Saturday Noon to 5:00 pm. Ali’l Luau seating begins between 4:45 pm – 5:00 pm and concludes at 6:30pm. Ha! seating begins at 7:00 pm and concludes at 9:15 pm. 

If my child is under 5 years, are they free?
Yes, children 0-4 are free admission into the Cultural Center. They are considered a lap child for the show venues.